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    September 10, 2012
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>> as good as advertised. redskins fans waking up in a great mood after rg3 steals the show in his first nfl game. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this monday, september 10th, 2012. we're going to take a live look outside at 5:00 a.m. chilly in our area with temperatures in the 50s. spectacular weather yesterday. hope we can keep it going. meteorologist tom kierein is back from vacation. he brought a little gift with him in the form of this nice weather. >> eun, i've never seen you so giddy. >> with the redskins game and the weather combined, i just can't help myself, tom. >> the karma has come together. we're going to have a gorgeous week coming up. you loved yesterday. you're going to love it today. it's going to be tough going off to work and school when you have a beautiful blue sky overhead. this morning no travel problems weatherwise. a beautiful area of high pressure pushing in, a gift from canada. it's moving over our region
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coming in from the upper midwest, where right now it's down into the 30s. parts of northern michigan, northern wisconsin, locally under this clear sky. these areas in blue are in the 40s. that includes parts of the shenandoah valley, mountains of west virginia, western maryland, all the areas of dark green in the 50s. that includes nearby suburbs in prince george's, arlington, fairfax, montgomery counties. reagan national is at 62. later today, here is your hour by hour for the day. by 6:00 a.m., still in the 50s and low 60s. chilly, not a lot of wind. wind will pick up later this morning and be a bit blustery through midday and into the afternoon. lots of sun. highs reaching upper 70s by midafternoon. sunrise 6:45. sunset 6:24. i'm back in ten minutes with a hometown forecast. right now mike is in for danella with your "first 4 traffic." things looking good on the beltway. the construction on wilson bridge has been taken away. no residual delays. let's talk about the beltway in
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maryland. no delays on the outer loop from 95 to 270. here we are taking a live look at colesville road. it's about a ten-minute ride from 95 to 270 at 61 miles an hour. if you're planning on taking mass transit, worry free on the metro real, marc trains, and virginia rail express. >> thank you. new this morning, a man in the hospital after being shot along rhode island avenue in northeast d.c. that shooting happened around 10:00 at a rite aid store. that man was shot in the leg. he was taken to the hospital. his name and condition right now are not being released. power is back for most people who lost power during the weekend's storms. pepco worked around the clock to restore electricity. on millwood lane in northwest, a 70-foot oak tree fell, partially hitting a home. on 38th street, another large tree was uprooted. it brought down power lines and smashed two cars. >> one of the telephone poles right here crashed into a brand
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new car. he just bought it. and the other car was apparently just visiting the people who lived there. they stopped by for a few minutes to say hello, and their car was totalled. >> the it the second time that one of these trees fall, and evidently, they take out quite a number of electricity poles. i have to say i was quite impressed with the fact the crews were out here the next day. >> fortunately, no one was hurt. people in falls church, virginia, have had their storm -- can have their storm brush debris collected for free this wednesday. residents are asked to tie the debris with string or twine. the bundles cannot be more than five feet in length, and no individual branch diameter can be bigger than six inches. each bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds. today lawmakers will return to the capital. congress will be back in session after a five-week vacation. they have a lot of things on their to do list. one of the key issues is to decide whether to renew the bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of this year.
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other bills up for debate include a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and a bill to extend payments for food stamp programs. the conventions are officially over. we are now less than two months away from the general election. president obama and mitt romney are raising tons of cash in the days leading up to november. the latest numbers show the president outraised romney in august, bringing in $114 million. the republican nominee raised $111 million and had outraised president obama the previous three months. despite the president's advantage in august, it was the third straight month that mitt romney raised more than $100 million. not a bad way to start a season or a career. the redskins are 1-0 after shocking the saints 40-32 yesterday. robert griffin iii was stellar in his nfl debut. he threw two touchdown passes and threw for 320 yards in the wind. statistically, that's among the best quarterback debuts in league history. our own dan hellie was there for
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the game. he has more on rg3's historic performance and more on what coach shanahan thought about it. >> reporter: it really was a masterful performance by the redskins last night. the defense delivered against drew brees, and robert griffin iii walked on water. not quite, but he did do everything else. a couple of touchdown passes and 320 yards in his nfl debut. he's also the first rookie qb to lead his offense to 40 points since 1950. >> he seemed so comfortable out there, so poised. that's what all the other guys were talking about. was there a welcome to the nfl moment? were there any butterflies? >> there were butterflies, but the one thing i tried to do this week is keep my mind clear, know what i had to go out and do, and just be myself. don't stress about it. don't try to prove anything to anyone. i think i leaned on the other guys this week, especially in this game, to do their jobs and make sure they were where they're supposed to be, and everyone showed up. >> robert not only executed the offense he only had two or three
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plays that were off balance, that only a great athlete can make and a guy that has his type of talent. hopefully, we can keep on getting better and better. this is obviously a kickoff for us. >> reporter: so number 10 leads the redskins to ten points in every single quarter. something about that number in the burgundy and gold just sounds good for, i don't know, the next decade or so. we would be remiss if we didn't talk about the other rookie. alfred morris had 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go along with rg3's big game here in the big easy. coming up with more at 5:00 and 6:00. back to you. >> dan puts it in perspective. he started talking about the team performed really well. obviously, you have a great leader, but you've got to have a good team to back you up. >> that's what robert griffin iii said. he said, look, i leaned on my teammates. it's a team effort. i'm so excited. >> got to keep it going. 5:06. almost seven minutes after the
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hour. still ahead, a former navy s.e.a.l. coming forward to talk about what happened the night osama bin laden died. also ahead, the option for students this morning as chicago teachers walk out of the classroom and onto the picket line. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message.
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this morning a demolition. they used seven tons of tnt to bring down the ft. worth medical tower in texas. crews will cycle the debris there. crews will start a new medical building on the site. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with the forecast. hi, tom. >> good morning. there's a live view with the skyline of washington from the nbc 4 camera. there is a chill in the air. look at these temperatures all around the region. we're down into the low 50s to near 60 degrees. the warmer temperatures right near the warmer waters. elsewhere, it is a rather chilly start this morning.
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in fact, down into the 40s, parts of the shenandoah valley out into the markets. hay market, hometown forecast. prince william county by 7:00 a.m. in the mid-50s and sunny. by noontime, bright and sunny, low 70s. hour by hour for the whole region peaking in the upper 70s by midafternoon. bit of a breeze out of the northwest. i'm back in ten minutes with the seven day outlook. good morning, mike. >> good morning, tom. things looking good on the beltway. all the overnight construction out of the way. no serious backups on 495. 395 north looking good as you make your way towards the district. here we are at edsall road. northbound side is the right side of the roadway. delay free right now. here we are at the 14th street bridge. looking great right now. it's about a 12-minute ride on the northbound 395 from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. metro, marc trains, and virginia rail way express still looking great. 5:11 now. 60 degrees.
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another milestone in afghanistan as the transition of power continues in that country. also ahead, telling his side of the story. a navy s.e.a.l. talking about
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5:15. more than 25,000 teachers in chicago skipping the classroom and heading to the picket line this morning. >> reporter: for the first time in 25 years, it is happening. almost 30,000 public school teachers and support staff in chicago will go on strike.
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the chicago teachers union made the announcement late last night after tense negotiations between the union and school board broke down. sticking points include classroom sizes, health benefits, and teacher evaluations. >> they need to let people do school reform in the name of school reform in a way that makes schools better. >> we don't want to go on strike. that's not our purpose. but right is right. as teachers, we want to do what's right for our students. >> in a district where many get free meals, officials will open some schools for half a day so kids can eat breakfast and lunch. right now the plea is out to community organizations to offer free programs for the rest of the day. mayor rahm emanuel says the strike is unnecessary and unfair to the city's near 350,000 students. chicago is home to the nation's third largest school district. reporting live in the news room, angie goff, news 4.
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this morning we're learning new details into the raid that killed osama bin laden. a former navy s.e.a.l. that was part of the raid is sharing what was once undisclosed information for the first time. he wrote the book "no easy day" using the pseudonym mark owen. he was on the helicopter that crashed in pakistan in may of 2011. he was the second person that entered bin laden's bedroom. owen spoke to "60 minutes" in a disguise using makeup to alter his face. his voice was also altered. he explains how they were able to shoot and kill bin laden's son. >> he literally whispered, not amped up, not anything. hey, khalid. khal khalid. whisper's khalid's name. doesn't know if it's khalid or not. khalid literally looks back around the edge of the hall, and he shoots him. >> the pentagon is considering legal action against owen, claiming the book contains classified information. owen says nothing in the book compromises u.s. safety or security. new this morning, u.s.
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officials hand over control of bagram prison to the afghani government. the ndover ceremony happened early this morning north of kabul. the prison holds 3,000 detainees, including many taliban and other terror suspects. hamid karzai called the moment a victory for afghan sovereignty. this morning officials are trying to determine who's responsible for a series of bombings that killed 100 people and injured more than 300 people to others. the bombings happened yesterday after a judge sentenced the sunni vice president to death by hanging. he was accused of masterminding terror activity. this was one of the deadliest days in iraq since u.s. soldiers pulled out of that country. today marks 11 years since the 9/11 terror attacks. this morning there's controversy as to how expensive it is to operate the memorial and museum in new york city. officials estimate it will take $60 million a year to operate the world trade center memorial and museum. most of the cost is for airport
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type security at the site. the building of the museum is incomplete because of a fight over financing. today defense secretary leon panetta will tour the flight 93 national memorial in shanksville, pennsylvania. the memorial consists of an open field with a single sandstone boulder that marks the exact spot where flight 93 crashed. the wall is filled with the names of the passengers and crew members who died. vice president joe biden is scheduled to speak at the memorial tomorrow. officials expect more than 200,000 visitors to the memorial this year. prince harry's apache helicopter training in afghanistan starts today. the prince arrived there for his second tour of duty. officials say harry did not want any royal treatment in the mission. he'll be there as much as any member of the military. harry has already completed a two-day course on first aid, shooting, and roadside bomb awareness. harry's first tour in
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afghanistan was back in 2008. it was kept a secret because of security concerns. a health warning for men. smoking marijuana may increase your chance of getting testicular cancer. researchers at university of southern california found that men with a history of smoking pot were twice as likely to have types of testicular cancer that were more likely to be deadly. testicular cancer is the most common form of the disease diagnosed in young men. and a mother's depression could affect the growth of her children. researchers at johns hopkins university studied the health of 4 and 5-year-olds whose mother showed signs of depression when they were babies. they found that children are below the 10 percentile for height. the mothers are less healthy, and the children are more stressed that could impact development. modern men prefer women with brains over beauty. researchers surveyed more than 12,000 people in over 30 countries asking people to
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describe which traits they most valued in a potential partner. in countries where men and women were equal, the interest in a woman's appearance is going down, apparently. however, women are becoming more interested in a man's looks than before. researchers say women are less preoccupied by a man's wealth now that they can depend on themselves financially. >> and it's not just about wealth and appearance. we like men who are funny and smart and interesting and adventurous. >> do you get to that point, though, if he's not good looking? >> absolutely. >> do you get to see all those other things? >> i think absolutely. >> do you strike up a long passionate conversation with men if you -- well, you're married. never mind. won't even go there with you. >> i'm glad to see it seems we're both evolving. that's good news. 5:21 is our time. take a look outside this morning. just 60 degrees or so outside our studios. tom kierein's in with a look at a school forecast. got a crescent moon over the
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sky. just a gorgeous start to the day. we've got dry air in place. as a result, we can see a lot of constellations and stars overhead, thanks to high pressure pushing in from the north and west coming down over canada. it does bring in chilly temperatures. all of these areas in the blue are in the 40s from western pennsylvania, western maryland, all the way down to eastern west virginia, parts of the shenandoah valley. closer to washington, these dark green areas in the 50s. that includes most of southern maryland, northern virginia, just about all of maryland and the eastern shore. right at reagan national now 62. and for the rest of the day today, here's your storm team 4 four-day forecast, afternoon highs into the upper 70s with lots of sun and a little bit of a blustery wind gusting to around 20 miles an hour or so. we'll have a few clouds racing through midday and during the early part of the afternoon. then a chill in the air tonight. in fact, all the way down to near 50 degrees tomorrow morning. and during the day on tuesday, a
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gorgeous autumn day. afternoon highs in the upper 70s. and then on wednesday and thursday, still comfortably dry, chilly in the mornings, mild in the afternoons, a few clouds coming through. here's a look at friday and your weekend. looks like it will remain dry friday, highs low 80s, then getting a little more humid on saturday and sunday. not sweltering humidity. a front coming in might trigger a passing shower. looks like maybe saturday night and parts of sunday. i'm back in ten minutes. mike is in for danella with your "first 4 traffic." good morning, mike. >> good morning, tom. things looking great on the beltway. no reports of serious accidents or backups on the outer loop or inner loop. dulles toll road in virginia towards 95, no serious problems. taking a live look at the hunter mill area. no serious delays. it's about a six-minute drive from hunter mill to the beltway at 62 miles an hour. continuing on the beltway, no serious problems as you're making your way to the springfield interchange. that's about a 13-minute ride at 65 miles an hour.
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aaron, eun? >> thank you, mike. the faa still does not know what caused a piece of a plane to break off. the landing gear door from a boeing 767 landed in the front yard of a washington state home. it's roughly the size of a refrigerator door and missed a parked car just a few feet away. >> it was a big slap of metal. >> came back to turn in my driveway, and it was part of an airplane. >> no one was hurt by the falling airplane door. one person said they were keeping a piece of the plane as a souvenir. a tulane university football player will spend the next few days in intensive care after a horrific injury during a game. devon walker underwent surgery yesterday to repair a fractured spine. walker is number 18 in white here. saturday he and a teammate crashed helmets while trying to tackle a player. doctors say it could be a few days before they can assess his
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condition. the nationals need to get back to their winning ways. the marlins get them yesterday. miami had 2 of 3 of the games beat. their lead in the east is down to 2 1/2 games. that's because the braves won yesterday. the nationals take on the new york mets tonight. no, these aren't the new nats' national uniforms. >> again with this? >> these are just the team's rookies. come on. it's fun. they're dressed up like the u.s. gymnastics team. pitcher gio gonzalez tweeted this yesterday, the headline the 2012 olympians that didn't make the cut this year. costumes are part of the traditional hazing that rookies go through last yeeach year. last year's rookies had to dress up like smurfs. i wonder what the fierce five think of this. >> i'm sure they're covering their eyes just like i am. 5:25. the london 2012 paralympic games have officially come to a close. >> the three-hour closing ceremony culminated with a fireworks display over olympic
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park. musicians like cold play, rihanna, and jay-z performed. this year's games were the most watched and best attended of all time. the u.s. team won 98 medals all together. they came in sixth place. >> i'm glad cold play played for the paralympics. i felt they were missing from the other olympics in london. it's now 5:26. coming up, a great day to be a redskins fan for sure. how rg3's debut has fans excited about the future. plus a war of words as president obama and mitt romney tackle middle class tax cuts.
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looking at the stories making headlines at 5:29, president obama and mitt romney continue to rake in the cash from donors as election gets closer. people hit hard in the d.c. area this weekend. and living up to the hype as rg3 welcomes himself to the nfl with an amazing performance. go skins. what an awesome game. much more on those stories throughout the morning. first, good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist.
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welcome to "news 4 today" on this monday, september the 10th. we could give eun an hour to talk about rg3. you take a look outside, you might find yourself with something extra to talk about with gorgeous weather. >> there's the live view from our nbc 4 hd city camera with a crescent moon in the eastern sky and the autumn constellations are showing up. we don't have that haze in the air like we've had all summer long. this morning it's clear and fresh and cool thanks to our friends in canada. thank you for bringing us this gorgeous weather here. it's coming down from the upper midwest right now. those areas are in the 30s, closer to washington, all around our region. we are in the 40s and 50s. yes, i said 40s. and that includes parts of the shenandoah valley, the highlands of west virginia, western maryland, closer to washington, montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties, just in the low and mid-50s now. right near the bay waters, it's near low to mid-60s. hour by hour today by 6:00 a.m.,
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we'll be in the mid-50s. still chilly, not a lot of wind. the wind will pick up in the morning to afternoon, gusts to around 20 to 25 miles an hour. sunrise at 6:45. we'll have temperatures reaching upper 70s by midafternoon. wind should diminish this evening. i'm back with the hometown forecast. first 4 traffic, mike in for danella. good morning, mike. >> good morning, tom. not seeing any major backups on the beltway. looking good on the inner loop and outer loop. bw parkway heading south, worry free. everything is moving at speed. you can also see the map. 95, no serious problems. let's take a live look at 216. southbound side is the right side of the screen. no serious slowdowns there. about a nine-minute ride on 95 south from 216 to the beltway at 67 miles an hour. aaron, eun? >> thank you, mike. today congress is back in session after a five-week vacation. lawmakers return to the capitol with a long list of bills on their to do list.
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topping the list are the bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year. another issue is a bill that will extend the budget for six months. romney and obama traded jabs about the budget, each many slaisl slamming the other's ideas. tracie potts joins us with more. >> reporter: this last stretch, the last 50 days or so, we'll really see both sides sharpen their attacks. the president got a boost coming out of the democratic convention in the polls. not such a big surprise there. we sort of expected that. it happens. over the weekend, a couple of tracking polls released showing the president with four to five-point leads over mitt romney. again, not such a huge surprise. romney today campaigning in battleground ohio, also releasing a new ad in wisconsin,
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another battleground state. president obama staying that romney's tax plan doesn't add up. >> you add $5 trillion of new tax cuts, $2 trillion in new defense spendsing, and somehow you're going to close the deficit without raising taxes on middle class families. they did not take their arithmetic course. >> contrary to what the democrats are saying, i'm not going to increase the tax burden on middle income families. it would absolutely be wrong to to that. >> reporter: romney made a bit of news when he appeared on "meet the press" on nbc this weekend, talking about health care and rolling back the new health law. he said that there's some parts of that law that he likes that he would keep as opposed to getting rid of it on the first day on the job, like keeping people protected against dropping their insurance because of preexisting conditions. that, he said, he would keep around. eun, back to you. >> tracie potts live on capitol hill for us this morning. tracie, thank you. police in florida are investigating the death of an officer who was escorting a
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police motorcade. a pickup truck hit bruce st. laurent. he died later. the 20-year veteran on the force was part of an advance escort team for the president's visit to florida. white house press secretary jay carney said the president's thoughts are with his family. they're holding a public meeting to discuss amber stanley's murder. someone shot and killed her as she lie in her bed in her home in kettering. tonight's meeting is at the kettering community center. also, the naacp will call on the city of laurel to overhaul its police department. it's holding a protest before the city council meeting. this tape shows a laurel police officer slapping a handcuffed man outside a bar last month. the city removed the officer, but the naacp says it's received several complaints from people who claim laurel police officers used excessive force on them.
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maryland will honor its olympic heroes today in baltimore. governor martin o'malley will help lead the ceremony at the inner harbor. swimmer michael phelps will be among the olympians honored. paralympians will also be honored for their achievements. this morning football fans everywhere talking about robert griffin iii's brilliant debut. [ cheering ] >> he threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns as the skins upset the new orleans saints 40-32. he didn't throw any interceptions. the rookie quarterback didn't seem nervous either before or during the game. >> the one thing i don't do is try to stress about anything or prove anything to anyone. just go out and have fun. this is a game i played for a long time. the guys in the locker room, i was still a rookie to them.
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after this game, they told me i'm not a rookie anymore. >> it's worth noting there were five rookies who started at quarterback yesterday. robert griffin iii was the only one who win the game. if you watched yesterday's game, you saw what may be the greatest quarterback debut in nfl history. he is the first qb ever to throw for 300 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions in his first game. last year's first overall draft pick cam newton passed for 422 yards and two touchdowns in his debut, but he also threw an interception. this year's first overall draft pick, andrew luck, had a less than impressive debut yesterday. he threw three interceptions despite passing for 309 yards and a touchdown. needless to say, redskins fans are thrilled after yesterday's game. these folks packed public restaurant in d.c.'s tinnily town to watch the game. the fans say the skins seem like a whole new team with griffin as the leader. >> i'm glad to see that d.c.'s finally got its time and the
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redskins are finally here. >> i love it. rg3, future is now. this is awesome. >> i got to admit it's pretty exciting. i didn't have my hopes up too high, but they have surpassed every expectation i have. despite myself, i'm excited for the rest of the season. >> redskins travel to st. louis to take on the rams next weekend. rg3 makes his home debut september 23 against the bengals. fedex field is going to be crazy. >> it's going to be a mad house for sure. somebody on twitter was talking about, despite the fact of all the expectations and meeting the expectations, he still seems like a cool guy. his head hasn't gotten huge as a result of so much success. >> and that's his character. he's saying that he's leaning on his teammates and it's a team effort, and it was really. >> 5:37 is our time right now. still ahead this morning, new problems are surfacing along maryland's expensive new toll road. >> plus the long-term benefit of getting your infant to sleep through the night. >> that's a team effort. it's only early september,
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but it feels more like mid-october as you step out this morning.
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sleep training can have a positive impact on a baby and mother's mental health. researchers in florida followed children who were sleep trained as infants. that's when parents used special techniques to get children to sleep on their own. not only did children and
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mothers do better after completing the program on their own, but they had better mental health than children not completing the program. obviously, because they're getting more sleep. i failed miserably at any attempts at sleep training. i just could not bear to hear my children screaming all night. some kids adapt to it really well. mine did not. >> we've got so many pregnancies on our staff right now. >> it's awesome. >> you can expect to see lots of baby stories over the next couple of months. >> the baby boom. >> you think not having the overnight hours -- never mind. >> don't go there. >> 5:41 is our time right now. we take a look outside. well ahead of the sunrise, but it's going to be a clear blue sky once it comes up. right, tom? >> right. good morning. we're still more than an hour from sunrise. sunrise at 6:45. there's the clear sky over washington. hometown forecast, clarksburg, northern montgomery county for students waiting for the buses, sunny but only in the mid-50s. by noontime, ought to be climbing to near 70 degrees with lots of sun.
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bit of a blustery wind. hour by hour through the day, ought to be warming by noon after we peak in the upper 70s midafternoon. lots of sun throughout the day. mike is in for danella. how's the trafbllific, mike? things are still looking great on the inner loop and outer loop. no reports of serious backups. also looking great on 66 as you're heading from manassas to the beltway. right near the rest area things are looking great, about an 11-minute ride from the dulles toll road to the beltway, about 60 miles an hour. no serious problems inside the beltway at falls church. it is now 5:42. people are still cleaning up the mess in parts of the d.c. area after a weekend of strong storms. plus scary moments for park visitors after getting a little too close to the wildlife. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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but it makes millions off marylanders every year. now they're running dishonest ads. why? because voting for question seven is a vote to build a... world-class resort casino in maryland. creating thousands of jobs and... ...according to the official department of legislative... services, hundreds of millions for our schools. while saving taxpayer money by cutting casino subsidies. question seven. good jobs and better schools in maryland. not west virginia.
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this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. [ female announcer ] here in virginia, we're not better off under president obama. his defense cuts threaten over one hundred thirty thousand jobs, lowering home values, putting families at risk. the romney plan? tax cuts for middle class families. north american energy independence. create over three hundred forty thousand new jobs for virginia. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approved this message.
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this morning residents of the d.c. area are cleaning up after the powerful storms. megan mcgrath is live with a look at the damage. megan? >> reporter: the storm blew through on saturday, but you can see monday morning, there's still a lot of cleanup to be done in the hardest hit areas. we're on south shore road in reston where these trees came tumbling down. you can see this wall of trees that's actually taller than i am on the side of the road. all of this needs to be cleaned up. when the trees came down, and some are very, very large trees. they came down on cars and trucks parked on the side of the road. also a tree came tumbling down on this carport. you can see the damage it did to this particular house. a lot of work still needs to be done. all in all, residents say they consider themselves to be fortunate because no one was injured.
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tr >> tree got twisted off, came to the carport, crashed on the top. it did a lot of damage, but no one got hurt. we're lucky. >> reporter: now, while there's a lot of cleanup still ahead, folks are with power again. that's the good news. or most people anyway. at the height of all of this, there were thousands of people that lost their electricity. a lot of progress has been made, and most people are back online. there are just minimal outages around the area. again, for folks in the hardest hit areas, they're still dealing with a big mess here. again, all in all, people consider themselves to be fortunate that there were no serious injuries. reporting live in reston, megan mcgrath, news 4. aaron, back to you. >> thank you, megan. people in falls church, virginia, can have storm debris collected for free this wednesday. residents are asked to tie up debris with string or twine. the bundles can't be more than five feet in length, and no individual branch can have a
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diameter bigger than six inches. each bundle must weigh less than 50 pounds. a field was dedicated in the name of yeardley love. ♪ the field is located at notre dame prep in baltimore. love is the university of virginia lacrosse player murdered two years ago. her ex-boyfriend george huguely was convicted of beating her to death in a drunken rage. he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for love's murder. love's family says building the field is what kept them going. >> gave us something positive to focus on and to work on. it really pulled us up and got us going and got us out every day. >> the field cost $1.2 million to build. it was financed through donations to the school, and the one love foundation started by love's family to help raise awareness for dating violence. the d.c. taxicab commission
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will hold a pub lilic hearing at the sedan company uber today. they'll decide whether to implement new cab regulations for the company. that includes setting uber's minimum price at five times the minimum of taxis. many of uber's customers say the sedans will pick up and drop off in areas where taxis won't. another public hearing will be held next week. maryland's transportation officials insist the intercounty connector is safe even though inspectors say they found cracks on two more bridges. that's in addition to cracks found on three icc bridges earlier this year. an icc spokesman says the bridges need to be fixed so the bridges last as long as they're supposed to. the contractors who built the $2.4 billion roadway will have to pay for the repairs. one contractor is disputing the findings. virginia may play a key role in helping nasa figure out what causes cyclones to grow into
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hurricanes. they're using the wallops island to study it. unmanned aircraft will take off and land over the next two months. the clock is ticking on an unclaimed $100,000 lottery price in ryco county, virginia. the ticket will be worthless if the owner doesn't cash in by 5:00 p.m. on september 24th. the winning numbers are 8, 19, 23, 28, and 31. if it's not claimed, the money goes to the literary fund. that fund has received more than $220 million in unclaimed prizes since the lottery started in 1988. >> check your pockets. dig in those handbags. where else would you put it? >> people forget. people throw them away. >> for $100,000? >> sometimes you just don't know. if you were in the richmond area, look for it. 5:51. time for weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein back with spectacular weather. >> feels like autumn.
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feels more like october. we fast forwarded about a month here. feels more like early october rather than early september. we'll take it after that sweltering humidity we had last week. there's the first faint light of dawn now creeping across the eastern horizon. we're just now emerging from the earth's shadow. that's a live view from our nbc 4 hd city camera. there's capitol hill in the distance. at reagan national airport, temperature now at a cool 62. the dewpoint very dry. down to just around 50 degrees. the wind out of the north around 5 to 10 miles an hour. temperatures around the metro area, they're down into the upper 50s in the nearby suburbs around the beltway in montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties. a little farther away from the beltw beltway. temperatures are down into the low 50s and even 40s. that includes parts of the shenandoah valley, central shenandoah valley, into parts of western maryland and west virginia. closer to the bay, low to mid-60s there as well as along the tidal potomac.
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the view from space showing cool dry air thanks to high pressure pushing in from canada centered over the midwest. we're in the upper midwest. temperatures down into the 30s, northern michigan, parts of wisconsin. by 7:00 a.m., clear and chilly. we'll have a northwest wind around 5 to 10. you're going to need a light jacket to stay comfortable. we'll be in the upper 50s and low 60s. by noontime, you'll be able to shed that jacket. comfortably mild with lots of sun. low to mid-70s by midafternoon and winds gusting to 20 to 25 miles an hour during the afternoon. tomorrow chilly in the morning, down to near 50. afternoon highs, upper 70s, bright and sunny, a lot of wind. a little milder. still comfortably dry with low humidity, lots of sun wednesday, thursday, and friday. over the weekend, getting a little more humid. might get some showers as a front moves in saturday night and into parts of sunday. i'm back in ten minutes. mike is in for danella with your "first 4 traffic" this morning.
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>> many go, tgood morning, tom. dealing with a problem southbound 295 at riverdale road there's an accident. traffic getting by to the right. let's take a live look at chopper 4. traffic just squeezing by. looks like they might have to block all lanes temporarily. it is causing about a two-mile backup. again, southbound at 295 right at 410 riverdale road. traffic is just squeezing by the right and causing some significant delays. aaron, eun? >> thank you, mike. 5:53 now. virginia is making it easier for drivers to pick up an ez pass transponder to pay for tolls in the commonwealth and 15 other states. drivers can get prepared devices at aaa mid-atlantic locations, wegmann's as well. if you filled up your tank this weekend, you already know that gas prices are up. the price of gas is up 17 cents from a month ago.
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aaa reports prices are expected to drop as demand falls with the end of the summer driving season and the end of hurricane season. refineries will also switch to a less expensive winter blend gasoline. aaa reports the average is $3.98 in the district. maryland, $3.78. west virginia, $3.89. national average is $3.83. u.s. government is selling more of its shares in american international group, aig. the move that should decrease the government's holdings below a majority stake for the first time since the $182 bailout in 2008. aig says the treasury department is selling $18 billion worth of common shares to individual eve investors. that move should reduce the government stake to less than 20%. 5:54. apple is making sure the latest iphone is up to date with the mod he were consumer. >> reporter: apple's new iphone
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5 will be leaner, meaner, and faster. "the wall street journal" reports the device, which will be unveiled on wednesday, will run globally on the lte wireless network, which is faster than 4g. this will help apple catch up to its rival samsung, but it's unlikely that all wireless carriers -- at&t, verizon, sprint, and t-mobile will be able to offer lte. and toys r us is getting into the tablet business. the retailer will announce plans to sell its own branded advice for kids. the tabio costs $149.99 and will only be available at toys 'r us stores, to prevent people from testing it out there and buying it cheaper online from another retailer such as amazon. tabio uses amazon's software and comes preloaded with 50 apps, including angry birds. toys 'r us has created an app store with 7,000 titles.
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and parents will be able to control the websites their kids visit. >> thank you. amazon, we talk about them changing course, it will now allow users to turn off built-in ads in the new amazon kindles for a small fee. originally, the company wasn't going to let consumers avoid the ads. but customers complained, and amazon changed its policies. you can turn off the ads for a $15 fee. it may pay to get your haircut on sundays. jcpenney is making its free haircut for kids permanent. it started when kids went back to school. jcpenney said 1.5 million kids received free hair cuts in august. talk about a close encounter with mother nature. >> visitors got up close and personal with wildlife at yellowstone national park. a group of kids walked a trail when they came across a bison. the guy shooting the video here
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encouraged the kids to make -- told them to make friends with the bison. and the animal wouldn't have it apparently. the bison charged at the kids, sent them running. nobody got hurt. this video was posted on yout e youtube. look, it's just not smart. >> i want to know who the guy was holding the video camera who told the kids to make friends with the bison. it's a wild animal. >> that older cousin is always trying to make jokes. >> the bison are peaceful and calm animals, but they're faster than they look obviously. he's giving chase. >> they always are. >> oh, my god, i feel bad for him. i would have been scared to death. >> he got away, though. nobody got hurt. >> phew. >> 5:57 is our time right now. i'm good. pulling it together. ahead, new information coming out of afghanistan. the taliban threatening prince harry. and what robert griffin iii said on the field moments after pulling off his first win as a
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